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  • Smith too tight

    Going to have to watch the node spacing in the future. Not enough room for some of the figs to ripen. Hard to tell the ripeness, broke of an unripe fig, cracked a branch, and still mangled the ripe fig. Hah.

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    Don - OH Zone 6a Wish list: Verdolino, Black Celeste

  • #2
    How do you increase node spacing? This is an issue I'm starting to experience this year. So far on Exquisito I've been thinning figs early to keep them from over-clustering, but the nodes are still developing really close
    Guildwood Village - Toronto, Canada - Zone 6

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    • Realtorbyday
      Realtorbyday commented
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      Maybe you could move it down the row a little where it gets just an hour or 2 less per day of sun in the spring during veggie growth period? Could that work?

    • Badgerferrit
      Badgerferrit commented
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      10-20% shade cloth perhaps?

    • great08
      great08 commented
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      No way would I add shade.

      However, fertilizer and water always do the sameā€¦ as well as heat and pruning in late Spring.

  • #3
    I noticed that. Initial growth on my Smith had some really tight node spacing. A little later, after the figs had set, growth took off and spacing is normal.
    Jason. San Diego, CA - Zone 10A WL: Boysenberry Blush

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    • #4
      I am seeing this with one of my trees (not a Smith) and I have been wondering how there will be room for the figs to ripen. The clusters are very tight.
      Piney Point Village, Zone 8b
      W/L- Allix, Cateto

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      • #5
        Hey Don, thanks for your post and ideas for how to manage the situation.
        I'm curious: I can't read the weight in the 2nd photo. What's an average Smith weigh in your growing conditions?
        Alan. Los Angeles area. Zone 10b (Sunset zone 24).
        Looking for: Boysenberry Blush, Dolce Calderai, Hative D'Argenteuil, Ondata.

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        • ZingsFigs
          ZingsFigs commented
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          In the text at bottom of picture it says 144 Smith. That might be the weight

        • Realtorbyday
          Realtorbyday commented
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          144 is not the weight. It's marked on the side of the pot also.

        • don_sanders
          don_sanders commented
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          144 is the tree number.

          Smith figs are around medium/small. This one was around 42g.

      • #6
        I think the tight spacing is a common trait of Smith, my Smith trees all do it to some extent.
        Last edited by Wisner; 08-10-2021, 10:42 AM.
        Jennings, Southwest Louisiana, Zone 9a

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        • #7
          Its growing conditions like rings in a trees wood. The better the growing condition, the further the node spacing is my understanding. I know when my trees are root bound in the pot the node spacing is tiny.
          Ike
          bergen county NJ 6b
          Wish list: oh lets face it Ill take any variety I dont have!!

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          • Wisner
            Wisner commented
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            My Smith do it on in-ground good growing trees.

          • don_sanders
            don_sanders commented
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            I agree that growing conditions have a huge impact but I don't know that I would say "better". 4 hours of daylight will give you lots of space between nodes but is not better. Lots of cuttings from CA seem to have really tight nodes.

          • Drfig
            Drfig commented
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            thinking about it some more that makes some more sense. It is probably a mechanism to get more sun light on the branch

        • #8
          Here is some tight spaced Smith.


          Here are some regular spaced on same tree.
          Jennings, Southwest Louisiana, Zone 9a

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          • JT1923
            JT1923 commented
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            Jeez that cluster is nuts

          • TNJed
            TNJed commented
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            Is the cluster on the sunnier side?

          • Wisner
            Wisner commented
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            Those are on the East side, TN Jed. The tree gets a lot of sun.

        • #9
          Thin out the tightly spaced figs when they are small. Problem solved...lol
          Alpine, Texas 4500ft elevation Zone 7
          http://growingfruit.org/

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          • don_sanders
            don_sanders commented
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            What?!? All Fig lives matter.

            Even though I ripen more figs than I know what to do with and it could probably make the remaining figs taste even better, I have a mental block when it comes to removing figs that will ripen before they are ripe. Haha

        • #10
          They all ripen. Sometimes I have to twist them off to pick them. Same branch after almost all have ripened.

          Last edited by Wisner; 08-10-2021, 01:25 PM.
          Jennings, Southwest Louisiana, Zone 9a

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